Torquil Campbell performing live in Milwaukee during The Five Ghosts tour.
|Also known as
||Dead Child Star
17 March 1972 |
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
||Toronto, Ontario, Canada
||Vocals, Melodica, Trumpet
||Arts & Crafts, Soft Revolution
||Broken Social Scene, Memphis, Stars, Dead Child Star
Torquil Campbell (born March 17th, 1972) is the lead singer and songwriter for the Montreal-based indie rock band Stars. In addition to singing, he also plays the melodica and trumpet.
He is a member of the band Memphis, a musical duo with Chris Dumont. He has also released the album Cold Hands, Warm Heart in January 2011 under the alias Dead Child Star. He also records and performs with Broken Social Scene, a Canadian indie rock band and a musical collective.
Acting career 
Being the son of two Shakespearean actors, Douglas Campbell and Moira Wylie, he has also worked as an actor all his life, appearing on stage throughout North America, playing roles as diverse as Gary, the teenage prostitute in the original New York production of the controversial play Shopping and Fucking starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the title role in Shakespeare's Henry V. He has directed theatre, including a production of Romeo and Juliet for the Hamptons Shakespeare Festival.
Campbell has also had numerous acting roles in Canadian television series and TV movies, including the role of Bill Badger in the animated series, Rupert, Pray for Me, Paul Henderson, and guest appearances in Sex and the City and Law & Order. He has also appeared in the feature films The Bay of Love and Sorrows and The Golden Seal.
Dead Child Star 
Torquil is also involved in a solo project, called Dead Child Star, with songs available via myspace.com. It was created in March, 2008. The first album from Dead Child Star came out in early 2011, titled Cold Hands, Warm Heart. In the fall of 2011, Campbell became a regular contributor to the CBC radio program Q.
Personal life 
Torquil Campbell was born in Sheffield, England and came to Canada in childhood with his family. he is the son of actors, the late Douglas Campbell and Moira Wylie.
He attended and graduated from Jarvis Collegiate Institute in Toronto.
Torquil's father recorded the famous intro of the song Your Ex-Lover is Dead on the Stars album, Set Yourself on Fire. The exact words of the intro are: "When there is nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire."
Torquil is married to actress Moya O'Connell, who gave birth to their first child, daughter Ellington Beatrice Pepper Campbell, in 2009.
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